On Friday after a pretty decent week on the training front, I felt a small scratching in my throat and I lacked the energy I am usually teeming with. I ran home from work with some pretty decent splits and that night I crashed. For the first time in 13 weeks I had to make the decision all Ironmen hate more than anything, "should I take a few days off..." The usual response is no. Absolutely not. 'Normalising the abnormal' includes pushing through injury, illness and anything else that would prevent us from reaching 10+ hours training per week. Right? Not this time. Thanks to someone who was seeing it from the outside and a triathlon podcast I listened to recently I decided to rest up for the weekend. It was hell. I didn't know what to do with myself. No bike work, no running, no body work, no pool time, what was this world? Sitting on a couch, eating take-out, who had I become? But the fact of the matter is, there are times when we must listen to our bodies and this weekend I needed some down-time. It was either that or risk burning the candle at both ends and dragging this thing out for days if not weeks.
As Ironmen, we feel there is nothing that can hold us down and that we must push through all obstacles. In fact, reading the signs our body gives us (in my case, a scratchy throat and a few sores on my tongue) are what we really need to focus more on. Know when a break is needed and get back on it when the time is right. Today I feel about 80% right and that is enough to get back on it. I did manage a 6+ hour week which isn't awful but its not Ironman. Remember you can check out all of my training sessions here and if you want the details of these sessions just drop me a mail. Some positives from the week, I obtained part sponsorship from Zone3 wetsuits. I was absolutely pumped with the news and have already ordered my suit for the 2015 season. They do a pretty impressive range of triathlon gear so do check them out. I did a quick write up on my favourite triathlon podcasts so if your looking for ways to keep occupied on those long spins, check these guys out. Thats all for this week. Train smart folks, listen to what your body is telling you. - Phil